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Paul Pogba made just seven first-team appearances during his time at Old Trafford without scoring a goal

Paul Pogba has arrived at Manchester United for a medical before his world record £89m transfer from Juventus.

The France midfielder flew from Nice into Manchester Airport on Monday before making his way to the club’s training ground.

United will pay the Italian champions 105m euros for Pogba, plus performance-related bonuses and other costs.

The deal for the 23-year-old, who left United for £1.5m in 2012, is due to be completed in midweek.

The Old Trafford club still have to agree personal terms with Pogba, although that is expected to be a formality.

Pogba’s return surpasses Wales forward Gareth Bale’s £85m move to Real Madrid in 2013 as the biggest transfer deal in history.

Following Sunday’s Community Shield, which United won 2-1 against Leicester, manager Jose Mourinho said he was “waiting with open arms” for Pogba.

“He comes because he knows the club, knows the city, many of the players and wants to be an important part of the project,” he added.

“Football is crazy and the market has become crazy. What you think this season is crazy, you realise three years later it’s not crazy any more.

“What is expensive and not expensive in football? I don’t know any more. I just know he is a big player.”

Pogba, who helped France reach the Euro 2016 final, has won the Serie A title in each of his four seasons at Juventus.

He is Mourinho’s fourth signing at United, after Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Armenia forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

It will be the first time in 20 years an English club will have paid a world record fee – when England striker Alan Shearer joined Newcastle United from Blackburn Rovers for £15m.

Pogba joined United from French club Le Havre in 2009 as a 16-year-old, but made just a handful of appearances before his contract expired in July 2012.

He has made 178 appearances for Juventus, scoring 34 goals, and helped the club reach the 2015 Champions League final. The Serie A side had offered him a new contract, while Real Madrid were also interested in signing him.

Why did Pogba leave Manchester United?

Pogba claimed he left the club “frustrated” and “disgusted” because former manager Sir Alex Ferguson did not play him.

Ferguson said he “distrusted” Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, and alleged an agreement with Juventus had already been made.

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Reaction to the deal

Speaking on Sky Sports on Monday, Gary Neville, who played with Pogba at United, said it was “important” the club “made a statement”.

“They’ve spent quite a lot of money these last few years without getting anywhere – too many static players,” said the former Valencia and England coach.

“It is a big fee, but the Premier League was losing players left, right and centre to Spain and couldn’t entice the best players either. We’ve got some of the top managers in the world here, it is important the best players follow.”

Former Newcastle and Liverpool manager Graeme Souness said: “I think you can be kidded by Pogba because when he moves he’s like a Rolls Royce, but I’ve never seen him get hold of a game and dominate.

“I don’t see him changing that many games. It’s not like they’ve bought a Luis Suarez who will get you 50 goals a season.”

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Pogba honours

  • Under-20 World Cup winner and player of the tournament (2013)
  • 4 Serie A titles (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 2 Italian Cups (2015, 2016)
  • 2 Italian Super Cups (2014, 2015)

Most recent five times the world transfer record was broken

  • 2013 – Gareth Bale £85m (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid)
  • 2009 – Cristiano Ronaldo £80m (Manchester United to Real Madrid)
  • 2009 – Kaka £56m (AC Milan to Real Madrid)
  • 2001 – Zinedine Zidane £46m (Juventus to Real Madrid)
  • 2000 – Luis Figo £37m (Barcelona to Real Madrid)

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Arthur Masuaku played for the France U-18 and U-19 teams

West Ham have signed French left-back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiakos on a four-year contract.

The former France Under-19 player, 22, began his career with Valenciennes before joining Olympiakos in 2014.

He won back to back domestic titles with the Greek side and played more than 100 senior games, including 12 in the Champions League.

West Ham targeted a left-back after Aaron Cresswell was ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury.

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Aug 082016
 

Manchester United fans will be encouraged by their side’s Community Shield win over Leicester, but it is signing Paul Pogba that will really excite them.

Pogba is having a medical at United in the next few days so it looks like his situation will be resolved before the Premier League season starts next weekend.

Buying the France and Juventus midfielder will mean far more than just adding another quality player to their squad.

Along with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored the winner at Wembley on Sunday, Pogba is another superstar of the type you expect to find in the United team.

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That has not always been the case in the past couple of seasons but, with their summer signings and with Jose Mourinho in charge, United will soon have their old fear factor back.

While Pogba’s arrival is imminent, I do not see Juan Mata being at Old Trafford for too much longer.

Mourinho brought him on in the second half against Leicester and then took him off with only a few seconds to go.

You don’t do that unless you are trying to send the player a message and I cannot see how Mata can stay after that.

Pogba could be the difference in United’s title bid

Paul Pogba, who left Manchester United for £1.5m in 2012, is set to return for £89m, a fee that surpasses Gareth Bale’s £85m move to Real Madrid in 2013

Everyone has been talking about the size of Pogba’s fee all summer, but despite it being a world record £89m I think it is becoming irrelevant.

He is overpriced but, with the way the market is, I completely understand why he will cost that much and I know why Mourinho wants him.

For starters he has got more legs than United have got in midfield. I don’t know why Morgan Schneiderlin is not being used more but, playing together, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick lack the mobility you need in the Premier League.

Because he is such an athlete, Pogba will give United the ability to really go after teams, with or without the ball, in the way they cannot do at the moment.

He also has the potential to be a goalscoring midfielder too because, although he does nick goals, he does not score enough for a player of his ability.

Used in the right way in this United team, with someone like Carrick alongside him, Pogba’s long-range shooting and ability to get into the box will make him a massive threat, and he could be the difference between United winning the title or not. He is that good.

Pogba is definitely a Mourinho player too, and he will adapt to fit his system. You can tell from the role he plays for Juve and what he does for France that he is very adaptable.

Mourinho’s biggest job, though, will be to make sure Pogba uses the full repertoire of his ability. It is not as if he is not trying to have more of an end product but he is so talented, there is a lot more to come from him.

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Mourinho has embarrassed Mata

Substitute Juan Mata appeared unhappy as he was replaced 30 minutes after coming on

I don’t buy Mourinho’s excuse that he only took Mata off because he was United’s smallest player and Leicester were putting long balls into the box.

They have a lot of history at Chelsea, where Mourinho sold Mata to United in 2014, and now he has embarrassed Mata in front of his supporters.

Taking him off like that is basically saying to him “you are not important”. I don’t have a problem with a manager being strong with his player but I don’t agree with doing it publicly.

Mourinho is such an intelligent man that I am surprised he did it like that. By all means tell a player in your office that he is not in your plans but you should not do it in front of everyone.

He is never going to admit that is what he did to Mata but I was a footballer and I have been there, I know what was happening. I like Mourinho but it was out of order, full-stop.

Mata handled it brilliantly with the way he conducted himself on the pitch afterwards – he celebrated with the rest of the players and did not spit his dummy out.

If it had happened to me, I would not have accepted it. I would have pulled the manager to one side later and given him a piece of my mind. I would have had to, because I would be that upset, and I am sure Mata is upset too.

No Kante, no problem for Leicester

Jamie Vardy continued where he left off last season with a goal in the Community Shield

Pogba and Mata are the two biggest talking points following United’s 2-1 win at Wembley but I thought the game itself was decent enough too, with plenty for Leicester fans to be positive about as well.

They have lost N’Golo Kante to Chelsea but they look like they have got a good shape again and, when Nampalys Mendy came on, he looked very much Kante’s like-for-like replacement in the way he plays.

They should be fine in that part of their midfield and they have bought some real quality going forward too, with Ahmed Musa and Polish winger Bartosz Kapustka, who was not involved against United.

All of a sudden their players who were playing every week last season are now thinking they have to raise their game. That is important for any team, but especially for Leicester this season.

They have got the Champions League to go for as well as the Premier League, and if they can have a decent run in Europe then their fans will be in dreamland.

What we saw at Wembley was a little sprinkling of what we can expect over the next few months because a serious amount of money has been spent by several sides to create some quality squads.

Hopefully that will create a really competitive top four, five or even six. I am really excited about the new season, so bring it on.

Danny Murphy was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

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